U.S. Nightjar Survey still needs volunteers
- We are still looking/hoping for volunteers to adopt Nightjar Survey
routes in many areas across the country. The first survey window
ends May 28th but a second window takes place June 10-June 26. There
is still plenty of time to think about adopting a vacant route and
assist the program.
The Nightjar Survey Network relies on volunteer participation by
conservation-minded citizens, biologists, and other like-minded
groups to adopt and conduct survey routes. Nightjar Surveys are easy
to perform and will not take more than two hours to complete.
Volunteers conduct roadside counts at night, during specific time
windows when the moon is > 50 % illuminated, by driving and stopping
at 10 points along a predetermined 9-mile route. At each point, the
observer counts all Nightjars seen or heard by species during a 6-
minute period. No artificial broadcasts of the species' calls are
used. Please visit the United States Nightjar Survey Website for
more details including location of routes, instructions, and results;
Volunteer participation is important to provide information on
nightjars in your state and the broader region. Please consider
adopting a route.
Center for Conservation Biology
College of William and Mary